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THE GREAT FIRE OF LONDON KS1 History topic IWB teaching resources
The Great Fire of London 1666 teaching resources

includes IWB lessons, worksheets, card games and display - updated for the Primary Curriculum 2014

Concept map:
To fill in before and after the topic

Introduction to London
 Looks at London and its location in the UK

London in the 17th century
What was it like in London long ago: Looks at the houses, materials and London Bridge
What was it like in the 1600s: Pictures and descriptions of rich and poor people; the Civil War; Charles II; and the Black Death.

The Great Fire of London
What happened in 1666 and how do we know about it: Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn, and a timeline
Tells the story in diary style about the events that happened during the fire with excerpts from Samuel Pepys diary.
What happened after the fire: Rebuilding, Christopher Wren's plans and a view of London then and now.

The Fire of London Recap
 Asks children questions to recap learning, including an event ordering activity.

Plus a quiz for the end of the topic


  • Acrostic poem sheets x 3 different versions
  • Blank writing frame: To write about the different events of the fire
  • Cards - pictures and labels: Containing key vocabulary / characters etc. Can be used for card games and display.
  • Diary writing sheet
  • Newspaper report blank
  • Newspaper report - The London Gazette heading, with space for children to write a report
  • Sequencing pictures - 6 pictures to cut and stick in the order of events
  • Speech bubble questions - Can be used for writing activities or display
  • Topic covers x 5: With and without pictures for the children to colour /design topic book front cover
  • Word Mat - with key vocabulary and pictures for the topic
  • Wordsearch x 2
  • Writing border x 3: Lined, plain and wider lines
  • Writing sheet x 4 with pictures of Samuel Pepys, John Evelyn, Fire scene and a 17th century house.

Plus 15  FREE display files

Although every effort has been made to check wordsearches for unintentional inappropriate words, it is recommended that teachers double check them before giving to children.

Fire of London display letters
Download FREE Fire of London display letters and heading


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